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Parade Pass FAQ

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬?

It's a laminated double sided badge that you can use to participate with the event on Sunday, Sept. 1 in person or virtually.


𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭?

It's a traditional 'second line' parade with music and banners where we walk together down Duval street and to the Truman Waterfront paying tribute to Key West's favorite son's memory. Once at the Waterfront there will be a stage with local musicians and special guests, vendors, food trucks, bars, photo ops and great camaraderie with your fellow fans.


𝐃𝐨 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞?

No, the activities on Sept. 1 are all free BUT this is the official souvenir and having one demonstrates your commitment to honoring his memory and long history of philanthropic endeavors.


𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐦𝐞?

1, a very cool souvenir and reminder of this very first inaugural event, 2, a chance to support two great local charities, 3, special access toward the front of the parade and at the Friends of Bubba stage and 4, other perks and freebies offered only to badge holders by some of our event partners throughout the weekend. If you're participating virtually, the pass will get you a special log in link to watch live with your family and friends.


𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐠𝐨?

Your donation goes to the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and will be distributed to the Bahama Village Music Program, which supports local youth, and Reef Relief, stewards of our ocean resources. The charities get 100% of these monies.


𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐈 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬?

Passes will be mailed to the address you provided about a month before the event in a regular envelope. Or, you may elect to pick them up in person prior to the event at Key West First Legal Rum Distillery in Key West. Guests staying at our host hotels may have their passes delivered directly!


𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐝?

There will be lots of free and ticketed options for you including live music events, walking tours, sunset sails and much more. It's also the annual Key West Brewfest so you're going to want to check that out, as well. Sign up for the mailing list below and get all the updates as things develop.


𝐘𝐞𝐬, 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬! 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐈 𝐝𝐨 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭?

Here's the direct link to the Community Foundation's donation page:

Parade FAQ

What is a second line?

According to the NY times, "The second line is a type of parade historically associated with jazz funerals; the term "second line" is often thought originally to have referred to the secondary group of participants in such a parade, behind the band and the family." You'll see these in places like New Orleans, the Caribbean and in Key West. It's a fitting memorial involving music and friendship to celebrate Key West's favorite son.

3 Ways you can participate

The parade on Sunday, September 1 is a traditional walking Second Line memorial processional and you're invited to participate in these ways:


  1. Walk with us. Wear your best tropical attire, grab a beverage and be a part of the memorial walk. Carry your homemade sign or walk your decorated bike. Open and inclusive to everyone who has a soft spot for Key West's favorite son. (1B. If you play an instrument or in a musical group, please reach out through instant messenger. Let's talk!)

  2. Watch along Duval or Southard Street. Gather on the sidelines and cheer us on. We'll be stopping periodically to sing so hopefully you'll sing along and reflect.

  3. Watch virtually from your home or watch party. Get some friends together and project it to the big screen in your backyard, your favorite bar or comfort of your living room. 


If you're walking

Gather round in the lower 100 block of Duval Street starting at 4 pm. The Second Line will step off promptly at 5 ⏰ (of course 🌞). The route is 5 blocks down Duval, right on Southard approximately 5 blocks to the Truman Waterfront where we have a small celebration planned. Bring plenty of water and help us keep this one of the cleanest parades on the planet!


Getting Around
You may leave the parade route at any point but we hope you'll want to join us at the Waterfront Park. The free Duval Loop picks up there. You may also decorate and walk your bike (for our visitors we recommend rentals at Eaton Bikes) and lock it up at the park to ride home later. There will be very limited car parking - you could even stage a car - but don't forget to pay the meter. Also rideshare and taxi's are plentiful and quickly available.

Cleanest Parade in the Country

Proud to strive to be the 'cleanest parade in the world'! We implore all our participants to keep our green theme at the forefront and make sure all trash is put in the proper receptacles. Our friends from Reef Relief will be IN the parade pushing trash bins to help make sure none of our refuse ends up in the Refuge! Same when you get to the park. Please help us Keep Key West Clean!

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